Posted ByDavid M. Lynch on February 18, 2003 at 23:43:44:
In Reply to: The role was written FOR Phil, actually posted bykurt on February 18, 2003 at 15:52:32:
: Meredith Willson, who knew Harris from radio days, when Willson was the musical conductor on the Maxwell House program, wrote Harold Hill with Philsie in mind.
: There's not much difference between "Ya Got Trouble" and "That's What I Like About the South."
: But Harris wasn't a bankable Broadway commodity, and the rest is history....
So, Phil was indeed the original model? That figures. While reading Gerry O's post, I immediately made the inevitable mental comparison between those two songs! One difference I can see between the way Preston played Hill, and the way Phil might have, is that Harold Hill's eventual reformation might have come off as being a tad less convincing to those of us used to Phil's "smoothie" persona!
By the way, speaking of Phil, sort of... I really enjoy John Goodman's work ordinarily, but... "Jungle Book 2?" No, thanks. Talk about a tough act to follow!